The Fifth National Selection Conference of EYP Was Held in Armenia
On 25-28 January the 5th National Selection Conference of European Youth Parliament (EYP) Armenia took place in Gyumri, Shirak marz, as part of the “Democratic Citizenship: Obtaining, Developing, Empowering” (DECODE) project.
As Eunewsletter reports, more than 100 participants gathered from all over Armenia and Europe to discuss various topics in their respective committees. On 26 January the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski and Samvel Balasanyan, the Mayor of Gyumri participated in the conference’s official opening ceremony.
EYP Armenia was founded in 2012 and become a successful network and platform for active youth in Armenia. It has given young people the chance to express their viewpoints, develop critical thinking, and become a coherent part of socio-economic and political life, both in Armenia and the EU. Since then, more than 40 regional, national and international projects and events have been implemented, engaging around 4,500 young people from Armenia (as well as hundreds of foreign participants).
Ambassador Świtalski wished all conference participants success: ‘I think it is very important that young people come to Armenia from different European countries and consolidate the bridge between Armenia and Europe. We, the European Union, want to support the young generation. In Armenia young people are our primary target. The EU has been working through different projects and ideas; one of the most notable is the EU4Youth programme. By 2020 the programme will award €20 million in grants to 100 organisations to increase young people’s civic engagement and participation in political discourse, as well as their skills development, employability and employment. We are now starting 5 projects; 4 of them will be implemented in Armenia. We will soon launch them and I am very happy that Armenia is taking the lead in implementation. All four projects will target youth, particularly disadvantaged youth, and support their education, skills development and employability’.
During the conference, participants discussed various social issues, from unemployment to security. After four days of discussion, the participants have to present open voting solutions to the European Youth Parliament’s Berlin Office, as well as to relevant state and private agencies. Participants from European countries also had the opportunity to learn about Armenian culture, history, and heritage. Upon completion of the Gyumri National Selection Conference, the 9 best-performing participants were selected by the panel to take part in the 87th International Session of the European Youth Parliament in Vilnius, which will take place in summer 2018.